Luka’s Taproom Oakland, the legendary restaurant and bar at the corner of Broadway and West Grand Avenue in Uptown Oakland, announced its plans to close after not being able to reach and agreement with their landlord. Barring an effort to move the establishment, this brings a very sad end to 18 years of gastronomic and nightclub bliss on a corner once known for a Hofbräu restaurant and little else.
A Weekend Of Love As Maria Alderete Put It, Or The Luka’s Party
On her Facebook page, Luka’s co-owner Maria Alderete wrote that the event was “A weekend of love. Oakland Love. Luka’s family love. Thanks to everyone who came out and helped us celebrate.” This video-blogger was not there, and only because of my obligations here in Georgia. But I had an idea to ask ZENNIE62MEDIA vlogger Richard Haick to go over and chronicle the moments, but then got so caught up in code-related work, I completely forgot to call him. Coding is a special kind of addiction, but I digress.
Fortunately, I am able to share the goodness of the Luka’s parties , because Maria’s Facebook entry was designed by Mark Zuckerberg’s folks to be embeddable in a website, like Oakland News Now – but I elected to repost selected photos. So, here’s what happened on that special weekend:
Luka’s Is One Of Too Many Locally Popular Oakland Restaurants That Have Closed Because Government Failed To Act
There’s a long list of local restaurants that have closed or are on the brink of closure because of the Pandemic. While places like Luka’s and Brown Sugar Kitchen have gone months without revenue, legislation that would have curbed the count of hurting businesses, most notably AB 464, have gone unused. And while Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf rightfully applauds the reopening of Sweet Fingers in East Oakland, the truth is, that eatery has been closed since 2019, and before the Pandemic. Now, Sweet Fingers is open for business, but in the worst climate for restaurants in Oakland’s history. It’s one thing for economic development to provide loans, but now, it’s a good idea to turn those financing instruments to grants, just to give Sweet Fingers a fighting chance. Oakland’s government has to wake up and, as they like to say, meet the moment presented by the Pandemic. So far, the fate of places like Luka’s says Oakland’s government is not doing that. Government is supposed to act in times of market failure. Well, here we are.